Michael Carrick: We’re Manchester United this shouldn’t be happening

Michael Carrick says the players must take a look at themselves after defeat at Stoke City.

United had their 4th consecutive defeat last night but the veteran midfielder has asked the team to stick together during this bad period.

‘As a club, as a group of players, the staff and the manager; everyone is in this together.

“We have to stick together and win football matches. We all have to take responsibility for that, we are all in it together,” he told Sky Sports.

“We are on a horrible run, it’s a horrible feeling, it hurts a lot and it’s hard to take.”

“We are not playing well enough as a squad, we take responsibility for that, it has to be a lot better.”

“When you are on a bad run, it’s tough, it’s hard to take.”

“This is Manchester United we are playing for, it’s a special club and it’s a privilege to play here – we need to do better, it’s as simple as that.”

On where things went wrong at Stoke, the experienced midfielder believes the Reds’ start to the match cost United at the Britannia Stadium.

“It was a tough game. We gave ourselves too much to do in the end,” he admitted.

“It was a bad first goal to concede and Stoke is a tough place to come – they have a good team.”

“To start like we did, to go two down in the situation we are in is tough. We had chances in the second half, but it didn’t go for us.”

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